Event Details

Title:Tire failure and RTO, McDonnell Douglas DC 10-30, PP-VMD
Micro summary:This McDonnell Douglas DC 10-30 experienced a tire failure and RTO.
Event Time:1997-02-08 at 2227 UTC
File Name:1997-02-08-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C97/2/1
Site of event:London Heathrow
Departure:Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim Internationa Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Destination:London Heathrow Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas DC 10-30
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Initial acceleration for take off was normal until a speed of approximately 130 kt was reached when a loud bang was heard both by the crew members and by ATC. The aircraft then tilted to the right and yawed slightly. Suspecting a tyre failure the commander instructed the other Captain to abandon the take off, which he did as the speed reached approximately 135 kt to 140 kt. The pilot had no difficulty in keeping the aircraft straight and, as there was considered to be adequate runway length remaining,the autobrake system was cancelled at about 100 kt. During this time the commander advised the tower of the RTO and was instructed to remain on the runway until the fire service had carried out its inspection. The aircraft was brought to a standstill on the centreline of the runway just beyond the displaced threshold of Runway 09L with approximately 300 metres of runway remaining.

There was no fire and the passengers were able to remain on board the aircraft until airsteps arrived for their disembarkation.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Bang, pop, crack, sizzle!
Systems - Landing Gear
Systems - Landing Gear - Tires


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